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Thursday 7 September 2023 | Written by Supplied | Published in Letters to the Editor, Opinion
Shame on the writer from that ridiculous letter in last
Wednesday's paper about soccer.
How dare the writer blame the new administration for the
national men's team's 9-1 loss.
All those players in that team were trained under the
previous administration which failed to advance football, focusing on older
people, rather than developing the new talent.
As a mother with kids and a husband invested in soccer, it
angers me to read the writer accusing the new administration of
sending soccer backwards.
I've been attending training and games for ages, and lately
this would be the first time I've ever witnessed any real progress, especially
for our kids.
I spoke to a new Cook Islands Football Association staff
member the other week who told me their plans for academies.
He’s in charge of the U15 boys’ academy and is getting ready
to launch the U13 academy, if that isn't progress, I don't know what is.
The writer conveniently ignored this fact. Early-stage
development matters and it’s about time CIFA prioritises our kid's growth.
Considering all the corruption involving past presidents,
and the international stain they left behind,
I commend the new administration for tackling the clean-up
and ensuring competent management.
The real obstacle to development in this country is those
ex-officials who keep spouting lies about football, even when they're banned
If you sit at the grandstand, it's not that hard to hear an ex-president
spout negative views about the new administration.
And don't get me started on an ex-general secretary, casting
their toxic shadow around and bashing everything done by the new
That person resigned, and we all breathed a sigh of relief.
Their lingering presence is dragging down soccer, and it's
time for the new administration to cut them loose once and for all.